Using Field Experiments to Understand Information as an Antidote to Corruption
Research in Experimental Economics, Volume 15 (New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption). Danila Serra and Leonard Wantchekon, eds., Emerald Group Publishing, Forthcoming
40 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2012
Date Written: 2012
In observational data, access to information is associated with lower levels of corruption. This article reviews a small but growing body of work that uses field experiments to explore the mechanisms behind this relationship. We present a typology for understanding this research based on the type of corruption being addressed (political vs. bureaucratic), the mechanism for accountability (retrospective vs. prospective) and the nature of the information provided (factual vs. prescriptive). We describe some of the tradeoffs involved in design decisions for such experiments and suggest directions for future research.
Keywords: corruption, experiments, accountability, information
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